12.2.05

Peter Bagge - Buddy Does Seattle

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Peter Bagge is, in my opinion, one of the best comic artists to come out of the Generation-X movement of the 80s (along with Dan Clowes and the Hernandez Brothers, to name a few). He wrote Hate, Neat Stuff, several mini-series, and Yeah, a story for DC Comics!

Well, as all moderately successful comics artists do, Bagge has released a new anthology. This one is called Buddy Does Seattle, so it probably is a collection of stories from the Neat Stuff and The Bradleys comics.

Bagge has an incredibly distinct style. You have to give him that. Sometimes I get a little tired of having to constantly work through the dense material he draws (especially when reading his older stuff), but his works are usually funny and creative in a way that only an underground cartoonist could pull off.

I have often wondered whyunderground cartoonists (R. Crumb, Basil Wolverton, Peter Bagge, the Shelton Brothers, etc.) always created such wacky characters. Novels, for example, do not feature (or exaggerate) their characters to the extent that underground cartoonists do. I cannot think of a writer who, for example, only writes about a fetish that he has with women who have large thighs ...
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